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Copyright: Sumon Sinha (Mana) Gold Star Critiquer/Silver Workshop Editor/Gold Note Writer [C: 1772 W: 36 N: 5597] (18598)
Genre: Animals
Medium: Color
Date Taken: 2007-06-21
Categories: Insects
Camera: Sony Cybershot DSC-H2
Exposure: f/3.7, 1/125 seconds
More Photo Info: [view]
Photo Version: Original Version
Theme(s): World of Dragonflies [view contributor(s)]
Date Submitted: 2007-06-21 6:46
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Favorites: 1 [view]
Points: 78
[Note Guidelines] Photographer's Note
The Coral-tailed Cloudwing (Tholymis tillarga) is a species of dragonfly found in Asia. Unfortunately not much material I could find about this species.

I am totally confused as far as the identification goes. It could be Flame Skimmer or Neon Skimmer too. But I went by my gut feeling and I hope I have identified it properly. Our learned TN members can be of much help here and give it its correct name. Especially Ken, who has been regaling all of us with his wonderful and breath-taking series of dragonflies.

This shot was taken hand-held in clear conditions. I was, as usual, looking out for busy butterflies when I noticed this guest of mine. In fact I must tell everybody here that I have garnered and built up a beautiful garden of butterfly host plants - about 9 varieties and I feel so honoured to play a proud host to beautiful beings every morning. Anyway, this dragonfly's vibrant colours was very attractive and I managed a few shots before it just zoooomed off. I feel the shots could have been better (probably I did not get my settings right) but as they always say, better luck next time.

Scientific classification -
Kingdom: Animalia
Phylum: Arthropoda
Class: Insecta
Order: Odonata
Suborder: Anisoptera
Family: Libellulidae
Genus: Tholymis
Species: T. tillarga

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What a wonderful picture ! I love everything here : excellent details, vivid colors, gorgeous composition and a wonderful blurred BG which makes the subject stand out nicely. The pose of the dragonfly is great too. Very well done !

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  • Argus Gold Star Critiquer/Gold Star Workshop Editor/Gold Note Writer [C: 5038 W: 260 N: 15594] (50626)
  • [2007-06-21 6:59]

Great shot, Sumon!
You caught this Coral-tailed Cloudwing sharply, from an excellent POV and your DOf was just right to give you the excellent neutral BG and focus in the right places. This, together with the pleasing composition, make this a first class image.
Well done and TFS!

Incredible detail and astounding color! These little guys have some awesome eyes! :)

Hi Sumon,
This one is beautiful. Colors are vivid and well contrasted. Composition is great. Spot on focus. Congratulations,

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  • Bufo Gold Star Critiquer/Gold Star Workshop Editor/Gold Note Writer [C: 404 W: 69 N: 951] (4247)
  • [2007-06-21 8:08]

I'd never heard of this family of odonata which looks a bit like the sympetrum. A fine picture which shows most details well.

Wonderful shot Sumon, excellent clarity and colours of the background are very complimentary to the subject. Well done.

Great dragonfly image Sumon.
Stunning colors and clarity.
The green color tones in the BG, against wich the cloudwing does stand out perfectly, are wonderful.
Thanks for sharing.
Best regards, Harry

Hello Sumon,
Beatiful Dragonfly, you capture very sharp
with great colors, nice BG.
I was trying to ID the dragonfly and I have two
names for you Common Darter-Yellow-winged Darter
I hope help, TFS. best regards/Lawhill

Hello Sumon
Excellent shot of this colorful Dragonfly,
Perfect details,comsition and Bg,
Superb shot,friend.


Wow! The colors REALLY stick out here. Your unique blend kind sir...your way of clicking and seeing or vis a vis....is definitely cutting edge!

Bob Pacific NW

excellent focus, good colors, fine POV and contrast, catching eye photo, good shot !

hi sumon, well presented shot this dragonfly with splendid colours,nice pose and BG with good compo TFS well done

Hi Sumon,
wonderful dragonfly, very sharp. Your focusing is really good one can see the hairs ont its back.
Good shot,

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  • SelenE Gold Star Critiquer/Gold Star Workshop Editor/Gold Note Writer [C: 2249 W: 65 N: 4205] (13972)
  • [2007-06-21 9:40]

Hi Sumon,
Lovely capture of this dragonfly. It's very sharp and the details are very good. The plain background makes it stand out very well. I like the composition. TFS

Hi sumon,
great shot,lovely composition,excellent clarity

Hi Sumon,
Awesome capture of the dragonfly.
The background,details and POV are marvellous.
Very well composed.

Hi Sumom,
That is a beauty! Nice colors and detail. Perfect OOF backround shows him so well. Nice shot!

Hi Sumon,
Well done...
Very good sharpness and colours.
Blurred or unsharp wings are effective...
Great BG.
Good pose.
Well done!!

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  • jaycee Gold Star Critiquer/Silver Workshop Editor/Gold Note Writer [C: 2454 W: 10 N: 8044] (25460)
  • [2007-06-21 10:57]

Hi Mana,

You even make a dragonfly into a work of art! Beautiful shot with wonderful colors and amazing details. The head is amazing. I love the position of the wings. Of course, a perfect background.


Wonderful detail and colour in this fantastic composition Sumon.
You have really perfected the art of macro photography.
Excellent work!

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  • uleko Gold Star Critiquer/Gold Star Workshop Editor/Gold Note Writer [C: 3396 W: 172 N: 3310] (10940)
  • [2007-06-21 11:30]

Hello Sumon,
What a splendid capture of this beautiful dragonfly! I love the light and the colour and the amazingly sharp details. Excellent composition!
TFS and regards, Ulla

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  • arfer Gold Star Critiquer [C: 2731 W: 0 N: 0] (0)
  • [2007-06-21 11:48]

Hello Sumon

A beautiful image of this dragonfly .The pose is woderful.I like the POV and DOF.The focus is spot on with excellent sharp details.The OOF BG is fantastic.TFS


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  • pvs Gold Star Critiquer/Gold Star Workshop Editor/Gold Note Writer [C: 1127 W: 254 N: 3161] (14464)
  • [2007-06-21 12:39]

Hi Sumon,

A very pleasing capture,with great colors as well of the BG,sharpness and details are great,well done and tfs


I have seen this species of dragonflies for the first time, Sumon. And it certainly is a very attractive creature.
The shot is well managed from a very impressive point of view, giving full details of its head, thorax and abdomen. I believe it was fluttering its wings vigorously when you took this shot, as a result of which, the fore wing is slightly blurred. But then that makes the shot more natural in my opinion.
At your chosen aperture value, the plain green BG has turned out to be ideal for the subject.
Thanks for sharing this wonderful image and best regards.

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  • Ken52 Gold Star Critiquer/Gold Star Workshop Editor/Gold Note Writer [C: 636 W: 93 N: 1243] (4195)
  • [2007-06-21 13:24]

Outstanding! It is great POV for dragonfly photo. The coral color shows well against the very pleasing green background. It is such a clear and precise shot. Focus is perfect and it shows especially well on legs and eye.

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  • demeve Gold Star Critiquer/Silver Workshop Editor/Gold Note Writer [C: 586 W: 12 N: 1682] (6165)
  • [2007-06-21 13:28]

Hello Sumon, congratulations, excellent capture! Wonderful POV and composition, the dragonfly has amazing collors, it is posted in a natural and beautiful green BG.. Well Done

Hello Sumon the detail is superb and sharp and lovely clean background great colours tfs rgds Necip.

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  • ddg Gold Star Critiquer/Silver Workshop Editor/Gold Note Writer [C: 867 W: 24 N: 1008] (5507)
  • [2007-06-21 13:45]

Bonjour Sumon, very nice macro of this dragonfly. Great lighting and excellent focus too. Congratulations, didier.

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  • GLEM Gold Star Critiquer/Gold Star Workshop Editor [C: 540 W: 87 N: 750] (10)
  • [2007-06-21 14:27]

Hi Sumon,

really a fanstastic macro shot, an exemple of pecfect image. Exceptionnal sharpness, details and colors.
Very well done

Hi Sumon, amzing macro of splendid dragonfly with wonderful colors, excellent sharpness and great details, very well done, ciao Silvio

Hi again Sumon!
This is really nice picture, so colourful and with great DOF and sharpness. POV is rather tpical as for the picture presenting dragonflies but I still like it :)
Best greetings and TFS,

Outstanding capture...Great color, focus and detail...BG really brings out the color...Very impressive...TFS

Beautiful in all aspects! Crisp and clear with wonderful colors and excellent postwork! Bravo!

Woooooooooow Sumon! What an awesome shot! It leaves me completely speechless! What details, what colours! Fantabulous!! Thanks for sharing this wonderful picture.

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  • SkyF Gold Star Critiquer/Gold Star Workshop Editor/Gold Note Writer [C: 2234 W: 188 N: 1912] (8073)
  • [2007-06-22 8:38]

Hello Sumon,
gorgeous composition, you captured this resting dragon fly perfectly. Very nice DOF, and the details are perfectly sharp.
Colors and composition are wonderful.

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  • smitha Gold Star Critiquer/Gold Star Workshop Editor/Gold Note Writer [C: 348 W: 73 N: 1165] (4409)
  • [2007-06-22 11:52]

Hello Sumon,
Fantastic capture. The sharpness, details and POV are all excellent. The background is lovely.Wish I could give more points.:)

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  • mikou Gold Star Critiquer/Gold Star Workshop Editor/Gold Note Writer [C: 869 W: 68 N: 1479] (6093)
  • [2007-06-23 10:10]

Hi Sumon.
Excellent capture of this dragonfly with perfectly sharp details on his body and very interesting position this wings.Beautiful composition and POV.Superb green blurred BG and wonderful light.Great macro work!
TFS,with greeting Milos.

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  • Maite Gold Star Critiquer/Gold Star Workshop Editor/Gold Note Writer [C: 998 W: 65 N: 1270] (5199)
  • [2007-06-26 10:14]

WOW! What a beautiful picture!
I love the color and eyes of this marvellous dragonfly!
Magnificent sharpness, colors, POV and composition!
Just gorgeous!
Congratulations and TFS, Sumon.

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  • foozi Gold Star Critiquer/Gold Note Writer [C: 2791 W: 0 N: 6696] (25839)
  • [2008-05-10 1:49]

Hello Sumon,
indeed very sharp.Very crispy image.
Well positioned dragon. Excellent blurred background. Brilliant shot.
Love it veery much.


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